With the traveling photographer Loïc Perron
Led by Philippe Patay one of the best connoisseurs of Iceland!
Snæfellsnes, a wild peninsula between sea and volcano
Cape Snaefellsnes is a large but narrow mountainous peninsula in the west of Iceland, an elusive land of borders where alternating chaotic waves whipped by the waves, snow-laden black lava flows where incongruous colorful house or isolated chapel, volcanoes proud erased by snow clouds ...
Winter here is a magician who transforms the landscapes from one minute to another according to his whims, for the greatest delight of the photographer. The day, we explore at leisure the corners of the peninsula and its sumptuous photo spots, taking the time to soak up the place, the light, the atmosphere of the moment, to better capture them. With the night comes the hour of a captivating quest to the northern lights, when the weather is favorable. They are one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature, just like the winter landscapes of Iceland ...
The musts of this trip
- The extraordinary diversity of sites and atmospheres: seaside, volcanoes, mountainous interiors, small colorful ports ...
- Night observation of aurora borealis
- Concrete and personalized photo contributions to progress in your photo practice
- Moderate trips to allow maximum time to the photo
- The lodging in simple but comfortable lodging to be autonomous in our schedules, and far from any visual pollution to observe the aurora borealis.
This trip is open to all, beginner or experienced photographer.
The trip will be mainly devoted to landscape photography, and northern lights at night. You will learn to explore a landscape, to perceive the material, the forms, the lines, the colors, to exploit at best the infinite variations of the lights to produce personal and sensitive images.
Our photo practice during this trip:
- Photo workshops in the field
- Indoor photo course on the landscape photo (framing / composition, light management, ...)
- Collective session of image reading from your photos
- Individualised support on the ground according to your needs.
In a small group of 5 to 10 participants, accompanied by a professional French photographer (Loïc Perron) and an Icelandic driver guide from our team
- Complete beginner to semi-professional.
Typical day of a photo trip:
Get up early, sleep late and in between you take the time to learn to see. The technical advice and experience of the photographer who will accompany you will do the rest to make the images you dream ...
LoIc Perron is passionate about nature. Photography has always accompanied his thirst for discovery and understanding. It has quickly become a great awareness tool.
Philippe Patay or a guide-driver of the Fjallabak team, drives this trip and the 4x4 vehicle. The guide takes care of all the details: atmosphere, security, stewardship, relations with the local population, interpretation of the itinerary and its possible modification
The Northern Lights
They last a few minutes or several hours, are visible during the clear nights, gave rise to quantities of beliefs and legends. They are caused by the arrival of electrically charged particles from solar flares. They are materialized by immense luminous veils that develop in the upper atmosphere ... these are the northern lights! They are one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature, just like the winter landscapes of Iceland. Called boreal in the northern and southern hemispheres in the southern hemisphere, polar auroras are caused by the massive arrival, near the Earth, of particles from solar flares. They are unrelated to the weather but are more easily observable on a clear day (uncovered) and in the dark (night without a full moon), unless they are of high intensity. At very high latitudes, auroras are practically daily. During our trip, we organize night tours throughout the course to have every chance to witness these magical moments and unusual.
Winter in Iceland:
Blue, pink and gray ice, immaculate snow, blizzard or white calm, legends, stuffed horses and reindeer herds ... Great in the heart of winter and early spring, Iceland, much less frequented in this season, keeps all its aura of mystery. At the end of the night, when the light goes up with promises of rebirth, we like to go around the country to check that summer will come back well. The huge little country for us alone or almost, uncertain weather, hot water, snow-covered volcanoes, incredible northern lights, horses "stuffed", reindeer crossing our road as Lascaux, a 4 × 4 stubborn, cozy lodgings, cooking recipes, stories, captions and photo classes ...
In case of unforeseen events, we reserve the right to change or modify the program or the services provided without notice and replace them with services of the same standard.
Group from 6 to 10 participants maximum : photographers and non-photographers. 8 photographers maximum
Price / Estimated
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Day 1 - Landing in Iceland. Transfer to your accommodation where your guide welcomes you. Welcome dinner. Night photos in Reykjavik.
Days 2 and 3 - We spend te next two nights in a cottage in Hof - Transfer to Snaefellsnes by 4wd minibus, shots en route to the landscapes crossed. Installation in our cottage and exploration of the south and west coast of the peninsula: snow-covered volcanoes plunging their black lava flows to the sea, basalt cliffs with spectacular cliffs punctuated by colorful lighthouses, to the charming little port of Arnastapi and its coasts sublime rocky. At the end of the peninsula, the magnificent Snaefellesjökull volcano is Jules Verne's legendary journey to the center of the Earth. At night, observation of the northern lights according to the weather, taking turns to see if they are visible.
Days 4 and 5 - We spend the night at Grundarfjördur - We cross the peninsula to the north via a mountain pass, crossing almost snow-covered alpine landscapes. Beginning of the exploration of the north coast where small red and bright yellow headlights punctuate landscapes in shades of black, white and gray. Our accommodation near Grundarfjördur and its charming little harbor. Nearby, the Kirkjufell mountain plunges its walls into the sea, next to spectacular waterfalls: we will enjoy this exceptional site, one of the most photographed in Iceland, rightly! At night, possible observation of the northern lights.
Day 6 - Overnight stay at Stykkisholmur - We continue east through the mountainous coastal landscapes where the brave Icelandic horses live. Settling in the charming village of Stykkisholmur, which is known for its small fishing port and colorful houses.
Day 7 - Night in a hotel in Reykjavik. We return to Reykjavik with many photo stops en route to the coast, then crossing the peninsula to the south, dotted with beautiful landscapes we only need one stop!
Day 8 - Transfer to the airport 3 hours before your flight
This is the planned itinerary. Nature and various hazards may require us to adapt (weather conditions, ground conditions, operational constraints).
Payment on line by credit card:
- Confirmation booking fee is 30% of trip price
- Balance to be paid 60 days prior to departure
For a payment by bank wire: Please contact us!
A pro forma invoice will be sent after receiving your reservation. Discounts or additional fees, if any, will appear on this invoice.
For a payment by bank transfer: Contact us!
The nights are in sleeping bag in lodgings and inn in general in rooms of 2 persons but also sometimes in rooms of, 4 or 6 people according to the lodgings and the availability
6 to 10 participants (6-8 photographers maximum and 2-4 accompanying persons) - Fjallabak's staff (assistant or trainee), professional collaborator or a child accompanying his parents are not taken into account in the minimum and maximum number of participants indicated for the group size of each trip
Small group surcharge: a small group supplement applies if the group is less than 6 participants:
- 5 participants +30.000 ISK / pp (about 240 €)
- 4 participants +50.000 ISK / pp (about 400 €)
Easy level accessible to all: traveling aboard a small comfortable 4x4 bus. The daily mileage 100 km is an indicative average. The duration of en route hikes depends on the weather conditions of the day and the level of the group. They can be lengthened or shortened. A person that does not wish to walk can of course take part in this trip
jeep or small bus (4x4 in winter) comfortable according to the size of the group
"Scandinavian" and hearty breakfasts.
The lunches are taken en route, often on the go, in a small village restaurant, a farm, in the kiosk or the grill-cafeteria of a gas station. Nothing gourmet.
Dinners: In the evening at the hotel or at the hostel a hearty and friendly dinner based on local specialties and products: fish (haddock, cod, sea trout, salmon ...), and lamb meat, accompanied by vegetables, rice, raw vegetables; excellent dairy products including blueberry skyr and súrmjólk. A special basic menu can be offered to vegetarians. It is essential that a particular diet or allergy to a particular food is clearly indicated to us at registration. For the conviviality of the group (nothing obligatory), we recommend to everyone to bring a small specialty of its soil or a bottle for our aperitifs at the end of the world.
Please refer to the equipment list, available in the information section of our site!
Recommended Travel Gear
Try to go as light as possible and take only essentials. Excess baggage can be a burden to you and to our support personnel. Keep in mind that there are limits on how much your duffel bag can weigh because the weight restrictions on international and domestic flights is usually 20 kg (70lbs).
For quantities or quality for each item listed, use your own judgement, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
Luggage for overland journeys
- Extra bags clearly marked with your name can be kept in the Reykjavik hotel or in our store local office for pick-up at the end of the trip
- Large duffel bag (60/80 liters) sturdy and water-resistant, not exceeding 15 kg
- Daypack (30 to 50 liters)
You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile. Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable – though wool, if wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly.
When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
Clothing and travel Accessories all the year around
- Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry
- Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
- Synthetic thermal underwear
- Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
- Wool or synthetic socks
- Synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
- Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
- Wool hat
- Gloves (wool or pile)
- Down jacket from September to May (optional)
- Swimsuit and towel for hot spring bathing and swimming pool
- Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
- Personal first aid kit
- Moisturising lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
- Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not in hand luggage, when flying !)
- Half liter capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
- Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to September)
- Hiking poles. Highly recommended
- Optional but recommended
- Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
- Reading and writing material
- Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
- Protein supplements for vegetarian
Specific equipment for summer (May to September)
- Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather, with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow
- Short gaiters easy to put on Highly recommended.
- Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Hiking trousers, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Sun & rain hat
- Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more intense than you probably imagine)
- Teva-type sandals for river crossing. Absolutely recommended!
- Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can make them very uncomfortable)
- Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August only)
- Netting hood, head net or bug bucket hat * (optional, can be purchased in Iceland / see explanation bellow)
Specific equipment for winter (Oct. to April)
- Canadian winter boots or warm trekking shoes
- Cleats for snow and ice adaptable to your shoes
- Warm synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Warm fleece trousers
- Silk socks (optional)
- Silk gloves (specially recommended for photographers)
- Warm waterproofed shell gloves or mitt
- Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
- Ski goggles
When lodging in Hotels and Inns (Comfort Discovery)
- Casual elegant sportswear for evenings at the hotels
- Moccasin type shoes or lightweight sports shoe or slipper
When lodging in hostels and huts (Rustic Discovery)
- Hiking shoes are not allowed inside accommodation
- Moccasin type shoes or lightweight sports shoe. But your Teva-type sandals for river crossing can also be used inside
- Comfortable sleeping bag +5°C to +15°C / 32°F to 60°F which can be opened all the way to be used also as comforter
- Cotton sheet for hut’s mattress
- Pillow if you can’t sleep without one (optional)
- Towel and flannel for toileting and shower (or high density synthetic-chamois
- Eye shades. Highly recommended from April to July!
- Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
- Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (no need from May to July included)
- 1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger (can be bought at duty free at arrival in Iceland and in few places around the country)
Camera, tablets, smart-phones
- Camera bag
- Light telescopic tripod and cable release for camera (Longs exposures for Northern Lights from mid-August)
- Replacement batteries for electrical devices
- Additional memory card
- Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)
*About netting hood There are no mosquitoes in Iceland (yet), but at the beginning of summer midges swarms invade the lowlands rivers banks and lakes as Lake Mývatn “lake of midges”. With global warming midges begin to colonize now some wet areas of higher ground covered by vegetation. The outbreak periods are short but not really accurate. It is hell for the hapless hiker who found a windless day in clouds of these very angry bugs You will not regret to have brought with you, gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and above a netting hood that you put on over your head rain hat or sun hat. You probably will not have to use it, but you’ll be relieved to have it just in case … and it’s not a huge investment.